Here’s a message from Pat Saletore, Executive Director of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society:
The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will be presenting its docent training class series on Saturday mornings during the month of November. If you would like to attend, or you know someone who would like to learn more about our local history, this is your chance.
There is no charge, but it does come with strings. If you take this class, we kind of expect you to donate at least one weekend day a month for at least a year. If you don’t like being a docent, that’s fine, but give it a chance.
If you are more interested in giving your time in restoration or maintenance, there will be people available to discuss that with you.
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After completing the docent training, if it is clear that you like it, you might be invited to also work with the library committee or in the Archives. This is perfect for people who love history, rare information and books. Our library will have close to 2,000 books when it opens.
I know some of you are already up to your eyeballs in Historical Society alligators, but you might know others who would really love to get involved in our organization. This is the perfect first step.
We haven’t had a docent training for a while. Sessions involve a lot of time and work for the presenter(s). So we can’t be certain when another one will be available. If this is something you have wanted to do…this is the time.
To talk more about what is involved, call …or call me at (661) 254-1275. I will also send you an invitation to the docent yahoo mailing list. This makes sure you get all the news, access to informational files and websites for docents.
At the first class, we will give you a digital copy of our docent training manual. You can read it on your computer, or take it to a copy store and print it out. You could get it bound, but I suggest putting it into a binder so you can add to it.
Working at the SCV Historical Society gives you the opportunity to meet our members, but also interact with the public. It is great to learn the ins and outs of our history. There are some great stories just waiting for you to find. There are all kinds of things to learn besides what happened here and who made it happen.
You can use garden tools or power tools. You can find out how to whitewash an adobe, or strip paint. We are on the verge of furnishing our new museum in the Pardee House. You get to hang out in buildings that are reportedly haunted. You get to hang out in buildings that were visited by Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra and Tom Mix. You get to know where the bodies are really buried in this town.
For more info about the SCV Historical Society, visit the organization’s website.